Last summer was one of the most tragic summers I can remember for area motorcyclists. The 2007 riding season will be upon us soon and while some accidents are unavoidable we owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to be the best riders that we can be. We all realize that our sport contains risks and we accept them. However we strive to minimize these risks with defensive driving and constantly honing our riding skills.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers training courses around the state. They are the Basic Rider Course and the Experienced Rider Course.
I rode for 25 years before I took my first course and I was amazed how much I learned.
The Basic Course is a weekend long course that consists of some classroom and mostly on the bike training. They furnish the bikes and after you successfully complete the course the State Of Ohio will waive the on the bike test and you can take your papers to the Deputy Registrar to get your endorsement. All you need is a permit and helmet, gloves, over the ankle boots, long sleeve shirt, and full length pants.
The Experienced Rider Course is taken on your own cycle and is a continuation of the first course. You will be surprised how much even a veteran rider can improve.
The cost of either course is $25 in advance and most insurance companies give up to a 10 percent discount for the course.
To sign up at Terra Tech in Fremont call 419-334-8400 ext. 2283 and talk to John Slaninka or dial 800-83RIDER to get the State Motorcycle Safety office.
Let's make 2007 a safer summer.